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Great news! Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and City Council members, Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado, Carter Carroll, Mary Dryden, and Henry Naylor, are going the extra mile to make sure kids in Mississippi have the health coverage they need!

Hattiesburg was awarded a grant through the National League of Cities to fund the E³ Health Initiative. This grant enrolls eligible families in low-cost health coverage available through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

It’s important that Mississippians throughout the state show support for Hattiesburg's leadership so we can inspire other local leaders in Mississippi to follow examples given. Children who have health insurance enjoy better health throughout childhood, demonstrate greater academic performance, and are less reliant on emergency healthcare services. With roughly 6,000 eligible, but uninsured, children and families in the Lillie Burney, Rowan, and Hawkins Elementary school zones alone, this campaign can help us go a long way toward decreasing the number of uninsured children in our community. 

We will deliver our note of thanks, to Mayor DuPree and the City Council members to (Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado, Carter Carroll, Mary Dryden, and Henry Naylor), thanking them for working to decrease the number of uninsured children in Hattiesburg and asking them to continue working to improve children’s health in all of Mississippi. Vocal parent support of these efforts is essential to encourage this important work to cover kids and to inspire other communities in Mississippi to do the same.

Sign our open letter to Hattiesburg Mayor DuPree and City Council members to say, “Thank you for your work to cover kids” now!

Health coverage is an investment that makes a positive difference for families and communities.The costs for emergency care are steep for families and also a significant financial burden on the cities where they live. In contrast, kids who have health insurance are more likely to get regular care and be better equipped to do well in school.  

For more information on how to access free enrollment assistance, call or text 601-606-5434 or visit


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